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Definition of 'hold'


  1. the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
       Synonyms: clasp clench clutch clutches grasp grip
  2. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
       Synonyms: appreciation grasp
  3. power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"
  4. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
       Synonyms: delay time lag postponement wait
  5. a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"
       Synonyms: detention detainment custody
  6. a stronghold
  7. a cell in a jail or prison
       Synonyms: keep
  8. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
       Synonyms: handle grip handgrip
  9. the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
       Synonyms: cargo area cargo deck cargo hold storage area


  1. organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
       Synonyms: throw have make give
  2. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
       Synonyms: keep maintain
  3. have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
       Synonyms: take hold
       Antonyms: let go of let go release relinquish
  4. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
       Synonyms: restrain confine
  5. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
       Synonyms: bear
  6. have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
       Synonyms: have have got
  7. keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"
       Synonyms: deem view as take for
  8. contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
       Synonyms: bear carry contain
  9. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
       Synonyms: control hold in contain check curb moderate
  10. remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
  11. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
       Synonyms: harbor harbour entertain nurse
  12. assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
  13. remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
  14. secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
       Synonyms: retain keep back hold back
  15. be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
       Synonyms: support sustain hold up
  16. hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
  17. keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"
  18. support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
       Synonyms: carry bear
  19. have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
       Synonyms: accommodate admit
  20. be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
       Synonyms: contain take
  21. be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"
       Synonyms: prevail obtain
  22. take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
  23. protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
       Synonyms: defend guard
  24. declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
       Synonyms: declare adjudge
  25. have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
  26. cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
       Synonyms: halt arrest
  27. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
       Synonyms: oblige bind obligate
  28. cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
  29. drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
       Synonyms: carry
  30. be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
       Synonyms: apply go for
  31. arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"
       Synonyms: reserve book
  32. resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
       Synonyms: defy withstand hold up
  33. keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
  34. stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
  35. aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
  36. be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point"
       Synonyms: agree concur concord
       Antonyms: disagree differ dissent take issue

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